The House Oversight Committee is planning to interview two current and former aides to Scott Pruitt this month as part of its probe into the EPA administrator's spending and ethics issues, Politico is reporting.
The panel will hear from EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson and former top policy adviser to Pruitt, Samantha Dravis.
CNN reported in April that Dravis had asked EPA officials to backdate her resignation in order to avoid the transcribed interview with the House panel. And she, too, is under investigation by the agency's inspector general regarding her employment record at the EPA.
Pruitt is the subject of no less than 11 federal probes into his lavish spending and ethics snafus.
"This is a gift that keeps on giving, and there are plenty of other people stepping forward and giving information to us," Sen. Tom Carper, ranking Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told Politico.
The panel already has interviewed Pruitt's former head of security Nino Perrotta, the man at the center of Pruitt's round-the-clock security detail and first-class travel in the name of security; scheduler Millan Hupp; and senior EPA counsel Sarah Greenwalt, Politico reports.
And still to come is an interview with Kevin Chmielewski, the former deputy chief of staff at the EPA, who said he was fired for refusing to approve first-class travel for Dravis. Chmielewski blew the whistle on the EPA, giving lawmakers a treasure trove of questionable decisions and practices at the agency.
Despite the drip of alleged indiscretions, calls for him to step down from Republicans and mass exodus of staffers leaving the agency, Pruitt maintains the support of President Donald Trump.
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